The Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section's (AFMLS) mission is to take the profit out of crime. Crime today is big business and the financial infrastructure that supports it often operates independently of the criminal organizations and individuals generating the proceeds. According to recent estimates, illicit financial networks are responsible for laundering about $1.6 trillion in illicit proceeds and provide their services indiscriminately to actors representing some of the greatest threats to national security, including transnational criminal organizations, kleptocrats, and rogue regimes.
As a Criminal Division component, AFMLS accomplishes its mission by pursuing criminal prosecutions and forfeiture actions against (1) financial institutions and their officers and employees engaged in money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act, and sanctions violations; and (2) attorneys, financial professionals, and other facilitators or third party money launderers who move money for transnational criminal organizations, particularly cybercriminals and the Mexican cartels. In addition, (3) AFMLS forfeits the proceeds of high level foreign corruption, and prosecutes third party money launderers who move corruption proceeds, through the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative. Once we successfully forfeit an asset, it is used for the benefit of the citizens of the country from which it came, either through a direct transfer (if the current country's leadership is not the subject of the kleptocracy action) or through a transfer to a third party, such as a foundation, for use in the victim country.
AFMLS also plays a leadership role in the Department's money laundering and asset forfeiture efforts by: (4) assisting Departmental and interagency policymakers by developing legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives to combat global illicit finance; (5) returning forfeited criminal proceeds to benefit those harmed by crime through remission and restoration processes; (6) distributing forfeited assets to offset the costs to state, local, and foreign law enforcement for partnering with the United States in federal prosecutions; and (7) providing legal and policy assistance and training to federal, state, and local prosecutors and law enforcement personnel, as well as to foreign governments.
To this effect, AFMLS is comprised of six units and associated teams, each headed by a Deputy Chief, who report to the principal Deputy Chief. They include: money laundering and bank integrity, forfeiture, international, policy and training, financial intelligence, and program operations units.
The principal Deputy Chief of AFMLS:
- Vigorously enforces money laundering statutes, Bank Secrecy Act, and forfeiture laws.
- Consults with the Section Chief, the Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and the Assistant Attorney General concerning legal and policy questions relating to statutes administered by the Section and the status of important cases and initiatives; reviews a large volume of general correspondence, legal opinions, authorizations, instructions, and advisory materials that emanate from the Section; and upon request, prepares testimony for congressional committees.
- Assists or shares responsibility with the Section Chief, as required, in all aspects of Section Management, including the following areas:
- Supervision of complex money laundering cases, asset forfeiture cases, and cases involving financial institutions in conjunction with the Deputy Chiefs, including where necessary and appropriate: supervising the work of attorneys assigned to matters requiring grand jury presentations and trial; reviewing proposed court orders and motions; rendering advice as to strategy and evidence problems; reviewing appellate briefs; and supervising, counseling, and advising attorneys in the trial of cases.
- Oversight of major domestic and international anti-money laundering programs in conjunction with the Deputy Chiefs of the International and Policy and Training Units.
- Planning and supervision of all policy and operational activities within the Section; implementing the Department's strategic planning for asset forfeiture and money laundering goals. This includes: proposing and reviewing legislative initiatives and Department policies regarding asset forfeiture, money laundering, and the Bank Secrecy Act; assessing the implications of proposed legislation on investigative operations; improving procedures for obtaining oversight and assistance to the U.S. Attorneys' forfeiture litigation; providing legal advice, training, and guidance on specialized aspects of money laundering, asset forfeiture, and the Bank Secrecy Act to the U.S. Attorneys' Offices and investigative organizations.
- In close coordination with the Section Chief and as necessary, participates in public conferences, seminars, and meetings to promote the Section's mission and represents the Section in the interagency setting.
- Works with the Section Chief to: provide direct oversight over the allocation of two distinct financial resources, the Division's general allocation and the money received from the Assets Forfeiture Fund; strengthen internal controls for financial systems and improves efficient and cost-effective fund management and accountability; streamline Section operations and reporting hierarchies to ensure that the Section's core competencies are results oriented and citizen-centered.
- Works with the Section Chief to develop a comprehensive business plan for the Section that sets forth the justification for resources and identifies areas for cost savings; acquires and leverages needed fiscal and human resources to achieve results-oriented outcomes; develops budget enhancements that include both performance measures and outcomes that reflect the Section's, Division's and Department's strategic goals and objectives.
Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Applicants must be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) in good standing and have at least 5 years post-J.D. experience. Applicants must also have management/supervisory experience, proven leadership skill, significant Federal District Court trial experience, and substantive knowledge in the areas of asset forfeiture, money laundering, or other cases involving financial institutions.
You must submit a resume and a separate narrative statement/response that addresses each of the Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification Requirements related to this position as well as the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) related to all positions in the Senior Executive Service.
Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification Requirements:
1. Extensive knowledge and experience with federal criminal practice, including experience in investigating and prosecuting complex federal, white collar and/or asset forfeiture cases;
2. Experience in supervising criminal cases and reviewing the work product of attorneys;
3. Knowledge of federal regulatory and investigatory agencies, on-going programs and key national goals, priorities, and initiatives relating to asset forfeiture and money laundering; and
4. Experience formulating and implementing policies on all matters pertaining to assigned areas.
Candidates will be evaluated on the mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification Requirements identified above based on their total background, i.e., education, training, self-development, awards, outside activities, performance appraisal, as well as work history. If candidates are found to possess all technical requirements, they will then be evaluated based on the Executive Core Qualifications as established by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) outlined below.
ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE. This core qualification encompasses the ability to develop and implement an organizational vision, which integrates key national and program goals, priorities, values, and other factors. Inherent to it is the ability to balance change and continuity--to continually strive to improve customer service and program performance within the basic Government framework, to create a work environment that encourages creative thinking, and to maintain focus, intensity and persistence, even under adversity.
• Leadership Competencies: Creativity & Innovation, Continual Learning, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Service Motivation, Strategic Thinking, Vision
ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification involves the ability to design and implement strategies, which maximize employee potential and foster high ethical standards in meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals.
• Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Cultural Awareness, Integrity/Honesty, Team Building
ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification stresses accountability and continuous improvement. It includes the ability to make timely and effective decisions and produce results through strategic planning and the implementation and evaluation of programs and policies.
• Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility
ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to acquire and administer human, financial, material, and information resources in a manner which instills public trust and accomplishes the organization's mission, and to use new technology to enhance decision making.
• Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Technology Management, Human Resources Management
ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS. This core qualification involves the ability to explain, advocate and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner, and negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally. It also involves the ability to develop an expansive professional network with other organizations, and to identify the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization.
• Leadership Competencies: Influencing/Negotiating, Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Partnering, Political Savvy, Written Communication
To receive consideration, applicants must submit:
1. A resume
2. A separate statement addressing each of the Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification Requirements.
3. A separate statement addressing each ECQ that describes your managerial experience. While individuals who are current or former career SES members (approved by OPM and have completed an initial probationary period) need not submit an Executive Core Qualifications statement, they are required to provide an SF-50 or SES certificate to demonstrate their current or prior service. Otherwise, the absence of ECQs will be identified as a failure to comply with the requirements of the vacancy. Applicants must meet qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
4. If you are a current or recent Federal employee, you must submit a copy of your latest Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) and a performance appraisal issued within the past 12 months, or if none exists, please include a statement to that effect.
**Preference is to receive an application via e-mail at SES.CRMJOBS@USDOJ.GOV.
Applications being mailed should be sent to*:
Department of Justice/Criminal Division
Attn: Monet Gregory
Human Capital Staff
1331 F. Street, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20530
*As all incoming U.S. mail must be processed at a remote facility prior to final delivery, to avoid delay in receipt, it is highly recommended that applicants use Federal Express.
For additional information, please call:
CONTACT: Monet Gregory
CONTACT PHONE: 202-305-1620
DEADLINE DATE: All applications (including mailed applications) MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59 PM EST on the CLOSING DATE: June 4, 2015.
The managerial qualifications of a selectee who is not a current or former career Senior Executive Service (SES) employee must be approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) before appointment. In addition, individuals entering the SES career service for the first time are subject to a one-year probationary period.